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By Nancy J. ParisiNews contributing reviewerThe final concert of the Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside series, a well-blended cocktail of musical stylings, was served up Saturday night with a divine and lingering Canadian chaser. Headliner Matthew Good and his backup band Big Wreck started off the balmy evening. Both acts are of the same mid-90s vintage: Good has made music c…

The following is an edited transcript from an online chat Friday with News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers.Q: How important was Clive Davis in the music industry?Miers: Very important. Sometimes a force for good, sometimes less so. But the work he did while at Columbia was very, very important.Q: Just read where Whitney Houston was $20 million in debt when she died. Do you thi…

Blues/R&BTedeschi Trucks Band, “Made Up Mind” (Sony). It should surprise no one that this particular marriage – between his generation’s finest rock/blues guitarist, Derek Trucks, and fiery blues vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi – would yield such a powerful musical meeting of the minds. Trucks and Tedeschi have assembled a dream team of contemporary players fro…

If all actors want to be directors, maybe all directors want to be rock stars – or make movies about them: Even filmmakers who enjoy their own brand of pop stardom find it impossible to resist when the real thing comes calling.Thus, today’s release of “One Direction: This Is Us,” which marks yet another collaboration between well-regarded moviemaker – in this cas…

Sauntering to center stage, mic already in hand, Anthony Hamilton joined his band and trio of synchronized and equally talented backup men. The four singers and five-piece band, their set only two minutes old, set the Tralf stage: this sold-out R&B show was going to be a high-energy affair.It was also to be a night of R&B boundaries smudging into other: deep soul, a little…

It seemed a bit of a strange mix when it was first announced – the legendary Eric Burdon, an icon of the ’60s, paired with ’80s rocker Pat Benatar. Would there necessarily be a crossover between fans of the two? Would Benatar fans know who Burdon and the Animals were? Would Burdon fans split once their man had finished his set?As it turned out, Friday’s Buffalo Pla…

Lotus will always have a place in the history of jam-band music. The group was one of the first to grab elements of electronica and synth-based music and drag them into the world of jam-band music. The band can be called one of the progenitors of jam-tronica. Whatever the band does, this place in history is reserved for them. Thursday’s show, the finale for the Thursday …

Michael King is the sort of virtuosic, genre-defying musician that most of the rest of the country likely assumes does not exist in Buffalo. However, those of us in the music scene around here know that these types of musical renaissance men and women, while rare, are performing in Western New York clubs on a regular basis. These are the people who seem to simply ooze musi…

Street performers from around the world will descend on a stretch of asphalt in Niagara Falls, Ont., this weekend for the Niagara Falls Buskerfest, a weekend-long tribute to the ancient art of sidewalk entertainment. The festival, which features some 50 performers, kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday in and around the city’s Queen Street Arts and Cu…

Street performers from around the world will descend on a stretch of asphalt in Niagara Falls, Ont., this weekend for the Niagara Falls Buskerfest, a weekend-long tribute to the ancient art of sidewalk entertainment. The festival, which features some 50 performers, kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday in and around the city’s Queen Street Arts and Cu…

What defines a sublime concert experience? Is it the venue? The weather, if the show happens to be an outdoor one? The quality of the company you keep during the gig? The behavior of the crowd? The sound? The set list? The price of beer?Inevitably, it is a combination of all of these things. Which can make every concert experience a dicey proposition. There are so many var…

The last time I saw Maroon 5 in concert, the band was sharing the bill with John Mayer at Darien Lake. Adam Levine was just the singer and occasional guitar player in the band. He hadn’t yet become “Adam Levine, celebrity judge on ‘The Voice.’ ” “Moves Like Jagger” had not yet been recorded. Levine seemed to be more of an art-pop guy. Now, he clearly wants …

Hard to believe, but true – we’ve made it nearly to the end of the summer concert season. Tonight finds Thursday at Canalside signing off until next year, but man, what a way to go out – with a double bill featuring one of the progenitors of jam-tronica, Philadelphia’s Lotus, and perhaps Buffalo’s finest progressive music ensemble, the rapidly on-the-rise Aqueous…

RockThe Winery DogsThe Winery Dogs[Loud & Proud]Rating: 3 starsThe Winery Dogs is a supergroup composed of three revered and fully tenured virtuosos. One of these virtuosos is Billy Sheehan, the Buffalo native widely held to be one of the finest rock bassists of the past three-plus decades. The other two aren’t exactly slouches. Mike Portnoy is one of the most influentia…